Our parish churches are living repositories for a breath-taking array of artistic treasures. From painting to ironwork, sculpture to stained glass and furniture and architecture, their riches are as marvellous for their diversity as their quality.
Collectively they constitute perhaps our single greatest national collection of the arts, much of it practically unknown in a popular sense. This illustrated talk will explore the richness of this outstanding inheritance and the challenges of preserving and conserving it for the future.
John Goodall is Architectural Editor of the weekly magazine Country Life and the author of several books, most recently the much acclaimed Parish Church Treasures (2015).
All welcome: refreshments provided. There is no charge, but donations are invited: please give generously. All donations go to the Flamstead Heritage Campaign to save the church.
Have you ever puzzled over why St Leonard’s has such an extensive series of wall paintings, and what they mean? This talk will examine how they were made and by whom, their differing dates, meaning and function, and will consider their relationship with the important paintings at St Albans Cathedral.
Dr Pridgeon lectures in the history of art and architecture at the Universities of Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge. She has published widely on medieval and post-Reformation wall painting, and is currently researching a book on St Christopher imagery. https://medievalwallpaintings.wordpress.com
All are welcome: refreshments provided. There is no charge, but donations are invited: please give generously. All donations go to the Flamstead Heritage Campaign to save our wonderful church.
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‘Stained glass in the English parish church: through the ages’ Dr Jasmine Allen, (Curator, The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral)
‘Who lies in the tomb? A Flamstead mystery unlocked’ Professor Nigel Saul (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of English Church Monuments. History and Representation)